Reading Comprehension: Stories of the Saints Elaine Woodfield These stories show students that sanctity is within their reach! Whether used for reading comprehension or inspirational reading, these stories will inspire as they relate the striking and heroic lives of the saints. Each story in Volume II is followed by reading comprehension questions, a vocabulary section, projects and activities to reinforce the lessons, memorization, writing assignments, and report ideas. 5th–7th grades. Consumable worktext. Volumes III–IV offer four stories each (20–25 pages per story). Lesson Activities include: Terms to Know, Comprehension Questions, Analyze This, Essay Questions, Quotations, Geography and History, Research and Report, You, the Biographer, and Putting Your Faith into Practice. 7th–8th grades. Non-consumable. Softcover. Illustrated. 100 pages each. Answer keys included. 8½"×11"
RCSS__ (specify volume) $18.50 each Saints included in these volumes:
Volume II: Mother Seton, St. Juan Diego, St. Ambrose, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Helena, St. Francis, Bl. Solanus Casey, St. Faustina, St. Damien of Molokai, St. Rose of Lima, Rose Hawthorne Lathrop Volume III: St. Edith Stein, St. Gianna Molla, Bl. Francis Seelos, St. Junipero Serra Volume IV: St. Katharine Drexel, Ven. Matt Talbot, St. Josephine Bakhita, Pope St. Pius X
Volume I has been replaced in the Fifth Grade Core Kit by The Treasure Trove of Literature, Level 2 (see pgs. 29–31). Six favorite stories from Volume I are now included for inspirational reading in Growing in Grace & Wisdom , a fifth-grade religion resource (see pg. 60).
Praise Him with Your Very Life Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C. These plays can be read for sheer literary delight or presented on stage with full dramatic flair. These six masterpieces deepen awareness of God’s love and provide an excellent dramatic tool for hands-on reinforcement of the truths of our Faith. 173 pgs. Spiral-bound. 8½"×11" PHVL $18.95
Praise Him with Your Very Life Study Guide Discover the spiritual gems contained in these plays. Includes comprehension questions and answers, vocabulary,
Author’s Note The story of St. Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio has profound significance for the twenty-first century. Through the laughter it engenders runs the gravity of sober - ing truth. Like all genuine comedy, it alerts us to the profound meaning of life in its sobriety. Here is its significance for our era.
Six plays in all: • The Wolf of Gubbio (St. Francis) • The Road to Emmaus (Easter) • Christmas at Greccio (St. Francis) • Counted as Mine (Guadalupe) • Smallest of All (St. Bernadette) • Candle in Umbria (St. Clare)
The Wolf of Gubbio Scene. Ameadow outside Gubbio in Italy, about 1216. Enter Luchesius , very well‑dressed and carrying a bulging portfolio. He sits down immediately on a rustic bench, but carefully dusts the other half of it before spreading out on it the papers from the portfolio. He weights each stack down with a small rock from the ground, first polishing the rock on his silk breeches. He rises and comes Downstage to address the audience. Luchesius. ( points back at the bench ) There is the symbol of my life� You’ll agree it is neat enough� Respectable� A monument, in its way, to prudence� Not one business deal left unrecorded� As for the sale of farm lands where I nipped the lads a little, the legal language is, I modestly admit, real literature� It shows me, ( draws himself up ) Master Luchesius, as a model of right dealing, a man who earned his gold honestly and under a smiling Heaven� ( walks to side ) Furthermore, my wife was not called Belladonna for nothing� Even without the assistance of twenty velvet mantles with veils of silk in matching colors and sizable diamonds for her ears, Belladonna is enough to stop Italian traffic any day. ( sighs ) All I can say is, it was a good life while it lasted� ( forward, confidential ) If you see an undersized little fellow in a brown robe tied with a rope, avoid him like the very plague� That is, unless you want your life turned upside down� ( looks cautiously around ) His name is Francis di Bernardone� He calls himself Brother Francis� ( pause ) He called me “Brother Luchesius” one day� ( pause ) Don’t ask me what happened after that� But I’ll tell you this much� ( moves back to bench ) I’ve lost my art� You know,—cutting a few corners here and there� Good business is what it is called� That’s what I called it, before I met Brother Francis� ( He picks up some of the papers. ) He called it cheating� ( begins to tear them up and to strew them on the ground ) He doesn’t speak our language,—doesn’t know the art of the soft word� ( sweeps the rocks onto the ground and throws one high in the air, catching it expertly behind his back ) Just keep out of Brother Francis’ way, that’s all I have to tell you, unless you want to end up like me,—the happiest fool in the world! ( begins to whistle and move Offstage ) ( turns back and stops short ) But, oh, my wife! Oh, dear Belladonna! There’s another story! ( exit Right ) ( enter Brother Francis and Brother John the Simple , Left, singing ) Francis. I wish someone might be inspired to give us a fiddle. John. Who would play it? Francis. Brother John, if we had a fiddle, I would pray the good God to send me a fiddler. If we had a fiddling brother, the people back in Gubbio ( gestures Offstage, Left ) might feel better� John. But they’re terrified of the wolf, Brother Francis.
The Wolf of Gubbio
Cast of Characters
A Drama in One Act
creative project ideas, and a complete answer key for all six plays. 6th–8th grades. 95 pgs. Loose-leaf, 3-hole drilled. PHVLG $14.95
Brother Francis � � � � � � � � � � � the Saint of Assisi Brother John the Simple � � � � loyal follower of Francis Luchesius � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � a wealthy Italian lawyer who has been converted to a new way of life by Francis Belladonna � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � his beautiful wife and The Wolf of Gubbio
The Wolf of Gubbio
Francis. Very true, poor people. They have lost their joy. They need a fiddler. John. You mean that the wolf could devour them to music instead of a cappella?